INSIGHT MUSIC - BEST ALBUMS OF 2017
#15 IDLES - Brutalism
Politically driven post-punk band IDLES from Bristol, UK released their unique debut album this year. Angry, raw and with an overall dystopian feel mixed with grunge and distorted repetition, it’s a brutally honest album addressing some of the social issues we face in society today. It quite simply sounds like a riot on a record. Killer.
#14 Creeper - Eternity, In Your Arms
Horror Punk band Creeper, another UK offering, delivered a daring first record combining aspects of punk, rock and even pop whilst managing to create a diverse album. A group that concentrate on writing well constructed songs that echo an underground cult style following.
#13 Milk Teeth - Go Away
Although ‘Go Away’ is only a four track EP from the Stroud based Riot Girl style band, it’s seriously impressive, combining the raw power of grunge masters such as The Melvins and Nirvana whilst channeling the anger of seminal punk acts such as Babes In Toyland, L7 and Bikini Kill.
#12 Marilyn Manson - Heaven Upside Down
The God of F**k has proven once again that he can deliver absolutely brutal, unique creations when it comes to music. Well known for his visual live shows, it’s almost impossible to listen to this record without the image of his demonic face staring down at you in a blaze of flames, blood and anger.
#11 Body Count - Bloodlust
You’d be forgiven for not knowing that Ice-T had a heavy metal band, but he does, and it’s pretty incredible. This is the 7th album from the group Body Count and it plays like a audio set of instructions of how to survive in the LA gang saturated, murderous streets of America, not that this is an issue for the majority of people buying the record, but good to know. It’s heavy, thrash in some places and out right angry.
#10 Foo Fighters - Concrete and Gold
Yes, Foo Fighters! OK, so in recent years you could easily argue they have simply used the copy and paste method of hit songwriting, which makes for fairly average music. Regardless, each song still feels full of passion.
Concrete and Gold however, is actually an incredibly well written album. In parts, it’s a return to rock and roll and great guitar riffs. This record, without doubt, is the most unique sounding Foo Fighters have released for a long time.
#9 Counterparts - You’re not you anymore
Canadian hardcore outfit, Counterparts seem to be pushing the boundaries of the hardcore genre by delivering a concise mix of melody, thrash, power and anger in an extremely unique and coherent sound, which is a difficult benchmark to achieve with this style of music.
Melodic hardcore at its finest.
#8 Gold Key - Hello Phantom
Hailing from Watford in the UK, Gold Key are an alternative rock band consisting of former and current members of bands such as Gallows, Spycatcher, Sikth and Blackhole. A far cry form the usually heavy sounds these musicians are used to producing, this record is a haunting take on the melancholic synth esq sound of bands such as Radiohead and Queens of the Stone Age.
An album that could easily stand out on its own if compared to many of its contemporaries.
#7 Greta Van Fleet - From The Fires
A young American rock band that make no bones about being heavily influenced by rock gods, Led Zeppelin and the 70’s classic sound. On first listen of this record you could easily be fooled into thinking you’ve been taken back in time to the heavenly vocals of Robert Plant. Seriously impressive stuff!
#6 Glassjaw - Material Control
The mighty post-hardcore kings of audio charisma return after a long, long 15 year break from studio recordings. Let that sink in for a second, 15 YEARS.
We’re going to get straight to the point, this could be one of the best “comeback” albums any band has ever released after having such an extended break from the recording process. It’s absolutely brutal. Glasjaw goosebumps galore!
Seriously good to have these guys back.
#5 Quicksand - Interiors
Quicksand quickly made a big name for themselves with the release of their debut album, ‘Manic Compression' back in 1995. Singer Walter Schreifels went on to form Rival Schools, one of the biggest alt rock bands of the early 00’s.
Interiors is quite simply a brilliant rock album. The band don’t appear to try and conform to traditional styles or genres and seem to explore raw, melodic guitar driven energy for this record. A unique quality to this LP helps it to stand out amongst a sea of modern bands trying to mimic their peers.
#4 Queens of the Stone Age - Villians
He's like a modern-day Elvis with more attitude than Slash's angriest riff, a kicked-up collar and a killer quiff! Joshua Homme and his band of dashing renegades made an epci return this year with the release of Villains.
QOTSA, citing 30s big swing bands as being a major influence for this record, have produced one of the finest rock and roll albums we’ve seen in recent years, which should easily stand the test of the time.
#3 Arch Enemy - Will To Power
Swedish metal outfit Arch Enemy joined forces with the mighty Alissa White-Gluz as their new vocalist to produced one of the best heavy metal albums of the year.
‘Will to Power’ combines thrash, melody and more riffs than Satan himself could handle. It’s a whirlwind of energy, a ferocious force to be reckoned with. Every track on this record is like an onslaught of ancient Nordic power.
Epically well produced and seriously addictive. Easily the best material Arch Enemy have ever released.
#2 Converge - The Dusk In Us
We’ve had to wait five years to hear new material from one of the most innovative hardcore bands around. We’ve also patiently held our breath to see if they could top the critically acclaimed success of their beautifully brutal predecessor, ‘All We Love We Leave Behind’.
We're given hints of straight-up old-school Converge in this record alongside tamperings of a new creative direction for the band. They always manage to seamlessly blend their desire to progress with the classic Converge sound that so many have come to adore over the years.
‘The Dusk In Us’ is without doubt the finest record Converge have ever produced and truly deserves our Number Two spot amongst this year's, ‘Best of Albums 2017’. It is a masterpiece. They no longer have peers, only disciples.
#1 Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes - Modern Ruin
A few personal problems aside, Carter seems to be unstoppable with his latest outfit, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes. Former frontman for Gallows and the angry half of Pure Love, Frank Carter has now truly made a unique name for himself with The Rattlesnakes and this doesn’t appear to be another passing attempt at a new band or musical outlet.
This feels like his home, where he belongs. Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes have absolutely stormed the UK music scene and have become synonymous with an incredibly energetic, powerfull & memorable live show.
Modern Ruin is a beautiful mix of demonically distorted haunting riffs, combined with Carters’ instantly recognisable vocal, this record is quite Frankly (couldn’t resist) EPIC in every way.
Modern Ruin is a truly genuine, unique and innovative record.